Sinkhole Closes Grote Hall at UTC

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has canceled classes at Grote Hall after a sinkhole formed near the building over the weekend.

WRCB-TV ( reports UTC sent an alert to faculty and students saying the building would be closed until further notice. A message on the university’s Facebook page says only Grote Hall is affected. All other buildings and classes remain open and on a normal schedule.

University spokesman Church Cantrell says engineers will examine the hole on Monday to determine the best way to fix it.

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Lawyer in Holly Bobo Case Suspended

An attorney representing a man accused of kidnapping and killing Holly Bobo has been suspended from practicing law by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

John Herbison will be suspended for 60 days and then placed on probation for 16 months because of three complaints alleging misconduct, according to state documents.

The Jackson Sun reports Herbison’s suspension begins on Nov. 30. The suspension is not related to his client Jason Autry, a defendant in the Bobo murder case or the case against Brandon Vandenburg, a former Vanderbilt football player charged with rape. Herbison is part of the defense team representing Vandenburg.

State documents say Herbison failed to communicate w

State Parks to Provide Free Hikes

Tennessee State Parks are offering a chance for folks to walk off some of the turkey and dressing that will fly off the Thanksgiving table. All 55 parks in the system will give free guided hikes on Friday. Deputy parks commissioner Brock Hill says the after holiday hikes are a perfect way to spend time with family and friends while working off the turkey splurge. The hikes are designed for all ages and abilities. Some short jaunts will be offered while other longer walks will attract more experienced hikers. Trail journeys will be offered at Old Stone Fort, Tims Ford and Rock Island State parks. For more information visit

Slatery Stays Out of GOP Attorney General Letter on Obama


New Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery isn’t joining a group of Republican colleagues from other states in issuing a statement vowing “appropriate action” on President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration.

Slatery’s predecessor, Bob Cooper, was heavily criticized by some Republicans in the Legislature for refusing to join a multi-state lawsuit against Obama’s health care law. But Slatery doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to promise litigation over another presidential move that has riled up Republicans.

Slatery said in a statement that he will be giving “careful consideration to all the relevant facts” about issues of federal overreach to come to an informed decision. The letter was signed by 19 current and incoming attorneys general.

Tennessee Gas Prices Lowest Since 2009

Southern Middle Tennessee Thanksgiving motorists will enjoy the lowest gasoline prices since the deep recession ripped the economy in 2009. Several locations in Coffee County now offer a gallon of regular fuel for less than $2.50. That ties the state average set in 2009. Some analysts say the price could dip even lower in the next few weeks. Several stations in the Chattanooga area offer gas for $2.39 per gallon. The Tennessean reports the state average for gas stands at $2.67, down from $3.17 for last Thanksgiving. Crude oil prices continue to tumble. Experts say plentiful U.S. production, slack global demand, and improved vehicle fuel economy all contribute to the pump price decline. Triple A says nearly one million Tennesseans are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home over the long Thanksgiving weekend. About 33,000 are expected to travel by air.

Coffee County Man Dead

A Coffee County man dead following a single car crash off a rural road. Herbert Lambert, JR, age 73, apparently lost control of his car on the old Woodbury Highway North of Manchester around 5:30 Monday afternoon. The car landed in a ditch. Lambert died at the scene. The fatal accident is under investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Memorial services are set for 1:00 P.M. Saturday at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.

Visit Bennet’s Pharmacy for Special Holiday Offers


Visit Bennet’s Pharmacy between November 28th-Dec 1st for special offers. Buy one Vera Bradley throw blanket and get the second half off. Visit on Black Friday and recieve 40% off all Christmas plates, napkins, cups and 30% off all Christmas ornaments